Monday, January 17, 2011

There is a need to change to fundamentals of the Cyprus-Turkey equation

If Cypriots try to find a solution on today's facts, without active support from allies against the TSK (Turkish Armed Forces), then capitulation to Turkish demands or alteration of Cyprus' ethnic makeup or both are the available scenarios. There is a strong need to alter the fundamentals of the equation to make it a more balanced one. The Israel-Cyprus-Greece-EU energy axis is most welcome but more is needed by the mosquito against the elephnat.

Turkey's Kurdish situation presents itself as a golden opportunity which, if tackled properly, can result to the benefit of all the peoples involved. Both Cyprus and Turkey face the challenge of altering their constitutions of 1960 & 1923 to accomodate the legitimate needs of their T-Cypriot and T-Kurdish ethnic minorities, both in the double digits. Both ask for a federation solution.

Turkey, the power that possesses the key to both problems and the power to solve them must be forced to realize that applying similar principles to tackle these two issues is correct and above all inevitable. We must first convince our allies and EU partners.

Remember: if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurds then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' T-Cypriots too, and vice versa.

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.